We know that depression, anxiety and suicide can affect any of us at any time – regardless of our culture or background. We also know that a range of factors can make it harder for people in some communities to seek and access support.
Being treated unfairly because of who we are or what we look like has a negative effect on our mental health. In 2011, 1 in 7 Australians reported experiencing discrimination because of their culture or ethnicity, which can cause psychological distress, anxiety and depression.2
If you've experienced racism or discrimination, you can report it. You might find it hard to ask for support, feel ashamed, or not know who can help in your local area. It's important to remember that there are lots of organisations and services available to help you, as well as information and advice in different languages.
Embrace Multicultural Mental Health is an organisation that provides a national platform for multicultural communities and Australian mental health services to access resources, services and information in a culturally accessible format.
If you're going through a tough time or are concerned about someone close to you, the Beyond Blue Support Service can also help.